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Dr. Bob Esplin

Dr. Robert Esplin founded Sylvania Veterinary Hospital in 1974. He and his wife Carol committed their lives to the practice, their family, and the Sylvania community. Over the years, as the practice grew, they raised four children, Tricia, Matt, Kevin and Tim.

After graduating from OSU in 1970 Bob and Carol were married and moved to Madison, WI where he joined a multi-doctor small animal practice. After learning the ropes of practice from two experienced vets, Joe Donovan and Morrie Link, Dr. Bob decided it was time to go out on his own. The Donavan Veterinary Hospital was ahead of its time as it was one of the first AAHA certified practices in the mid-west.  The starting point of AAHA excellence influenced Dr. Bob in how he planned to operate his new practice. Dr. Bob and Carol made the move back home to undertake the scary proposition of opening a brand new veterinary hospital.


Dr. Jen Tate

Dr. Jen has worked for Sylvania Veterinary Hospital since she  graduated the University of Missouri -Columbia in 1995. (Go MIZZOU!)

Her areas of special interest are internal medicine, endoscopy,  oncology and operating the blood bank at SVH.

She is a proud member of a national veterinary response team (NVRT) which deploys in times of national disasters. In addition, Dr Jen has developed a local disaster animal response team (DART) which covers seventeen counties in Northwest Ohio.

Dr. Jen was born in St. Louis and is an avid St. Louis sports fan. She truly believes that ONE day in her lifetime the St. Louis Blues will win the Stanley Cup! She has adopted the Buckeyes as her  second favorite team behind her beloved Mizzou Tigers.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends on Anna Maria Island  Florida. In addition, she enjoys fly fishing , soccer, reading and  traveling.

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